Book Recap: The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender – Leslye Walton

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrow of Ava Lavender Book Cover

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Magical realism, lyrical prose, and the pain and passion of human love haunt this hypnotic generational saga.

Foolish love appears to be the Roux family birthright, an ominous forecast for its most recent progeny, Ava Lavender. Ava—in all other ways a normal girl—is born with the wings of a bird.

In a quest to understand her peculiar disposition and a growing desire to fit in with her peers, sixteen-year old Ava ventures into the wider world, ill-prepared for what she might discover and naïve to the twisted motives of others. Others like the pious Nathaniel Sorrows, who mistakes Ava for an angel and whose obsession with her grows until the night of the Summer Solstice celebration.

That night, the skies open up, rain and feathers fill the air, and Ava’s quest and her family’s saga build to a devastating crescendo.

First-time author Leslye Walton has constructed a layered and unforgettable mythology of what it means to be born with hearts that are tragically, exquisitely human.

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★★★★★ (5 stars)

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Indeed, love can make us such fools.

The Roux family is known for their unfortunate love stories and peculiar traits. Ava, for one, is a great example.

Ava Wilhelmina Lavender was born with wings inseparable to her body. Something that makes people think of her as an angel. But the truth behind those wings is just a girl, ordinary enough to be human.

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  • This book has one of the most enticing story I’ve ever read in my life. Love, as its main theme, were depicted in many ways possible. A love that is lost, but never forgotten. A love that just slipped away yet never again found and a love that no matter how much effort you put into, will never exist.

  • The writing style is exquisite making the whole book fascinating to read.

Fate. As a child, that word was often my only companion. It whispered to me from dark corners during lonely nights. It was the song of the birds in spring and the call of the wind through bare branches on a cold winter afternoon. Fate. Both my anguish and my solace. My escort and my cage.

Urgh. I just can’t get enough of this book. I don’t know if I hated something in this book. The characters were brilliant and everything is just… (I’m speechless at the moment).

Okay, breathe in, breathe out. Breathe in, breathe out. (sighs) I’m feeling much better now. (smiles)

As a conclusion, this book never fails to amaze. A must read indeed. (smiles)


11 thoughts on “Book Recap: The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender – Leslye Walton

  1. InkpenDaisy says:

    This sounds like a great book – I really enjoyed your review. This has definitely moved up my TBR list now 😀


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